“Do not be satisfied
with the stories that come before you.
Unfold your own myth.”
This quote has been one of my most important guides through life. I think of the best possible "myth" I can imagine for myself, and I try for that, believing that working toward making that myth a reality will always steer me in the right direction. I remind myself that every day brings me a chance to write my own story -- whether I liked the previous chapter or not.
I was recently inspired by my friend Sox to try beading. She shared with me the work done by the incredible bead artist, Sherri Serafini. I took one look and knew I had to learn how to do this. It took me a while to assemble the supplies I needed, including cabochons, brass bracelet blanks, the special colors of seed beads I liked, bead needles and glue, but once I got started, I was hooked.
Here's the finished bracelet from the front
And from the back...
And here is how I started. The bracelet is stitched onto a separate piece of material, cut to properly match the brass bracelet blank.
After all the stitching is finished, the beaded strip is sewn to the prepared bracelet blank.
I'm in love with my bracelet and I think I'm kind of hooked on this style of jewelry making. My friend Eileen cautioned me that purchasing beads can become an addiction, and I believe it.